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Thoughts by Shally

So just me here. I decided to start this journey after a friend played some reverse psychology on me. Yes she twisted things around to bring some truth in. But I also had other people in my life encourage me to write my crazy thoughts down. Yes I say crazy because, it’s literally me just having a conversation in my head as I drive, or walk. I look at things in everyday life and it turns in to an ohhh!

I’m not very good at being open with people. And I’m not a person to speak in front of people either. But I’ve learned that I do enjoy writing my thoughts. The things I’ve written are pretty much about me and my walk in Christ. The things I struggle with and how God gives me an answer.

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WARNING!!!! Tire Pressure is Low!

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me! Matthew 14:30

Today as I drove the kids to school, my truck began making a beeping noise indicating that something was not right. When I looked, I quickly remembered that I forgot to tell my hub and son the night before, the rear left tire needed air and needed to be filled. I looked in my rear view mirror, looked at my son and said to him, “Oh Fredo, I forgot to tell you to fill my tire. Please remember to do that after I get home from work today.” He says, “Okay mom. Can you just check the tire pressure for me?” I said, “no, not really; I don’t want to look at it and then have to worry about it driving to work and back home.”

As my mouth uttered those words, the Holy Spirit reminded me of when Jesus asked Peter to come and walk on water with him. The scripture reads….

So Peter got out of the boat and walked on the water, and he came toward Jesus. But when he perceived and felt the strong wind, he was frightened, and as he began to sink, he cried out Lord, save me [from death]! Matthew 14:29-30

I thought to myself, what does my vehicles tire pressure and Peter have to do with anything? God always has a purpose, even in the mundane. This is what I believe the Holy Spirit showed me.

The low tire pressure represented the storm that was raging in this passage. How easy, boldly, with such confidence and assurance was I able to tell my son, “no, not really; I don’t want to look at it and then have to worry about it driving to work and back home.” I made a concious decision to not look at it and just uttered a very small prayer, ” Lord be with me,” kind of like Peter did, when “he cried out Lord, save me!”

I drove to work, came back home and all was fine with the world. As I reflected on this I thought, how many times in life situations do I take my eyes off of Jesus? The chaos going on around me distracts me and I begin to sink. All because I allowed the winds of life, the storm raging, the water splashing hard upon my face to distract my focus off of Jesus.

If I can so boldly and with such assurance say about my trials/storms what I said about not looking at the tire pressure, I would live life with a lot more peace, yes even in the storm. It’s not that the low tire pressure warning wasn’t in my face all the way to work and all the way home, it was, beeping and flashing at me (just as the storm was in Peter’s face while he was walking on water out to Jesus). I just chose to ignore it until I could take care of it.

Worrying, calling my husband (who was already at work), or getting angry and upset at myself for not remembering was not going to get that tire filled. But relying on God to be with me was the most important thing I did have. Okay, please don’t misinterpret me. I’m not saying to ignore your cars warnings. But what I am saying is this.

When….                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  – things at work aren’t going well; don’t look at the tire pressure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                – finances are tight and you don’t know if what you have will cover all the bills; don’t look at the tire pressure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                – your ceiling is leaking due to a bad winter; don’t look at the tire pressure.                                                                                                                                         – your children are making choices contrary to what you’ve taught them; don’t look at the tire pressure.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                – the house is a hot mess, laundry is piling up and kids aren’t helping; don’t look at the tire pressure.

 

Today I made the choice to not look at what the tire pressure read (the storm), because at that moment it was out of my control. There was no way I was going to get the kids to school and myself to work on time if I had to make another stop to fill up the tire. (again, not recommended)

But check out what happened when I did utter that still small prayer. The bible says that Jesus INSTANTLY reached out and the storm ceased.

Instantly Jesus reached out His hand and caught and held him, saying to him, O you of little faith, why did you doubt?

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.

And those in the boat knelt and worshiped Him, saying, Truly You are the Son of God! Matthew 14:31-33 AMP

You see, God showed up, watched over me, got me to work and home safe, and best of all, I didn’t look at the storm. My eyes stayed fixed on the one who could make the storm cease.

I pray the Lord would help me to always respond in this way in all of my trials/storms. But even if I don’t and I lack faith; He will still save me and the storm will eventually cease.

To God be the Glory!!!!

I Praise you for ME!!!

One of my favorite things to do is admire God’s wonders. As I drive into work daily I quickly look to the heavens and stand in awe of God’s beauty. I love the way he commands the sun to rise every morning. The beauty of its rays penetrating through the clouds. The beautiful colors that are so vibrant that you can’t help but just stand amazed at how He puts it all together. In that awe I can’t help to praise him for his wonderful works and am reminded how he created it all. His creation never ceases to amaze me.

As I think about His beauty God begins to speak to my heart, “Sharon there is one wonderful and beautiful creation you never acknowledge and give me praise for”.

Oh man, I thought. LORD, but every morning I acknowledge you in the sun rising, in the sky as it wakes to praise you, in the birds singing as spring tries to creep in (But Mr. Winter won’t let him, Ha had to throw that in there), in the sun shining on even what I may think to be my worse day, even in the cloudiest and rainiest of days. LORD you are ALL GOD in it all!

In HIS sweet and loving voice He says, “Sharon, you never acknowledge and praise me for creating YOU”. Sayyy whaaaaaaaaatttt!!!!

You know the choleric in me could have argued this point with God but as I thought about it,he was absolutely right. He remind me of what David said in Psalm 139:14…

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

I paused and really let this sink in. Is it true, could it be that I don’t praise HIM for me? Hesitant I ask the Holy Spirit to show me evidence of how do this. My desire is to bring Glory to God and in no way offend the works of His hands.

This is what God began showing me about my thoughts. Sharon, how many times do you fill your mind with thoughts like…

  • I’m so stupid
  • I’m so dumb
  • I can’t stand my body
  • I’m such a bad daughter
  • I’m so boring
  • I’m not as smart as she/he is
  • I’m not spiritual enough
  • I’m not equipped to carry out what you’ve called me to do
  • I’m not a fun enough wife or mother for my family

 If I go on I will fill this entire blog, but you get the gist of it. My stinkin thinkin’ is taking away from HIS Omnipotence, from HIS Greatness!!!!

We can probably compare it to the way we feed our bodies junk. When we eat junk foods, don’t exercise and never fill our bodies with nutritional food, the effect is going to be weight gain, feeling sluggish and having no energy. Feeding our bodies with just junk is not taking care of God’s temple.

Do you think we can say that this holds true to our thinking as well, to our thought patterns? Let’s just say for a moment that Stinkin Thinkin represents junk food. If the effects to feeding our bodies junk food is low energy and/or weight gain, then what can we say about our minds? Can we say the same?

The bible says in Romans 8:6-7,

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so .  

 My mind set on, (how Joyce Meyer best demonstrates it in her Robot) “What about Me” or on thoughts that are not set on the Spirit, as this scripture describes, are thoughts that are hostile towards God. Ouuuuuchhhh!

Your probably thinking (because I know I did) so, what are you saying, that I will never have a negative thought in my life? No, that is not what I’m saying at all, but I will give you a solution. I’ve learned and strongly believe that with everything God shows us about ourselves, he provides a solution because His desire is that we would be more like HIM. The apostle Paul said it best when he said….

We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5.

When any stinkin thinkin’ tries to creep its way in my mind, my job is to take it captive to the obedience of Christ!! If I have the mind of Christ those examples that I provided are definitely not thoughts that GOD would put in my mind so they have no place in my mind! The solution….. The same way that we would take steps toward living a healthier life style by eating better and exercising, it is so with our minds. We take those negative thoughts captive and like Paul also said in Colossians 3:2, set your mind on things above.

Let’s think about what we are thinking about!!!!

I Need to be Weak

As a young girl growing up, even as an adult, whenever anyone faced a difficult trial, almost always I heard someone tell another person, “You have to be strong”. I myself have done this. For example….

If someone passed away, I would hear someone tell a loved one, You have to be strong. 

If a friend betrayed you……You have to be strong.

If a family member received a bad report from the doctor…..You have to be strong.

If parents got divorced……You have to be strong.

If you’ve lost it all had to live somewhere that was not home……You have to be strong.

Do any of these sound familiar? 

One of the biggest trials I’ve ever faced, other than infidelity, has been not living in our home for 2 ½ years. Though we are grateful for family taking us in, it was a trying time for our own family. We didn’t have our space, our things, our privacy. This brought a HUGE burden on our family. I remember crying out to God (knowing that it was our poor financial choices that got us there in the first place) and saying, “What DO YOU WANT with me, haven’t you broken me enough? Am I still not learning? Am I being proud? Are you trying to humble me because I have pride?” You name it I asked it (and when I say I cried out, it was more like yelling at GOD). Well guess what, he didn’t answer the way I wanted him to, but I will say this.

As I sat in my car yelling at him, toward the end of my tantrum, I couldn’t help but feel this overwhelming peace. No, GOD didn’t speak audibly, no I didn’t turn on the radio to a song that spoke to my circumstance or turn on the television set to a preaching that spoke truth to my life. It was just God, me and MY WEAKNESS. During that trial God spoke this truth into my life.

In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 Paul wrote,

even though I have received such wonderful revelations from God. So to keep me from becoming proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from Satan to torment me and keep me from becoming proud.

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. Each time he said, “My grace is all you needMy power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. 10 That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

You see like Paul I PLEADED/ BEGGED for God to take it all away. For him to just PLEASE help our family get home. But I remember when God gave me this verse I change the way I spoke to God. So instead of complaining I began to ask GOD, “Father what do you want me to learn in this trial?”; and this is what I learned about my weaknesses during that time….

Whenever I thought/felt…..

God I want to go home, I can’t live like this anymore….…My grace is sufficient….my power is made perfect in your weakness

God fix our finances, we learned our lesson……….……..My grace is sufficient….my power is made perfect in your weakness

God tell my husband he has to work triple time….……...My grace is sufficient….my power is made perfect in your weakness

God if you do this, I promise I will do anything you ask.. My grace is sufficient….my power is made perfect in your weakness

I also learned tImagehat I can’t always change my circumstance,    bad things will happen, and I DON’t want to depend on me to fix it. I don’t want to live life thinking that I have to be super strong. I want, I NEED to be weak, so that HIS Power would be PERFECT in MY Weakness.

 

 

You mean I too have access to those Treasures?

Isaiah 45:3-5

New King James Version (NKJV) I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden riches of secret places, That you may know that I, the Lord, Who call you by your name, Am the God of Israel.

Has there been a time in your life when for many years God has shown you a scripture, be it in your alone time with Him, in a message on a Sunday morning or even through a word that was spoken over your life and you just know, that you know, that you know that it holds a secret just for you but you just don’t quite know what it is?

Well this scripture has been that for me, until this week that is, during our OBS through Proverbs 31. I can’t say that weight has been a struggle for me. But I can say that I struggle with believing God. As I kept reading this scripture I began feeling that nudging feeling again of, there is a secret in this for you Sharon. Well silly owe me of course think to myself, …”okay Lord when you want to reveal things to me you will”. But the more I thought about it the more I felt there was a secret in it for me. It wasn’t until today that I began to try and break down the verse to see if I would discover what God was trying to tell me. So this is how I began….

Treasures of Darkness- Treasures that the enemy has kept from us, from our families..Treasures locked up that haven’t been see for years maybe. In this point in time it was the treasure that the Babylonians were withholding from the people of Israel…. “Oh yeah that’s awesome”, I thought!!!

Hidden riches of Secret Places- Hidden riches that obtained in that secret place, riches for Just me!!!…Oh hmmm interesting!!!

As I went on trying to dismantle this, God began speaking life through this verse and this is what He showed me. Sharon….

Jacob…It was in that dark moment when Jacob wrestled with God that he received his blessing, because he persevered and would not let go. Though he came out limping he received a new name, Israel which means, he who struggled with God.

Moses….it was in the darkest moments of God’s people that Moses saw GOD in the secret place and received the ten commandments.

Joshua…. it was in the darkest moment when Moses had died and Joshua was chosen to lead Israel into the promise land. He did it afraid, was led by God, chose to believed God and the walls of Jericho fell down.

David….it was in the darkest moment when David (the anointed of God) sinned against God, repented and went on to be called a man after God’s own heart!

JESUS….it was MY SON, in the darkest moment when he was nailed to that Cross, conquered Death and obtained VICTORY for you.  Went to the pit of hell took back the treasures of darkness and gave you those hidden riches that the enemy for so long kept from you!

WOW!!!! You see we too have access to those treasures of darkness, to those hidden riches! What allowed every one of these men to obtain it? They LET GOD LEAD them!!!! They went through great trials to obtain those treasures and when they felt unqualified or lacked strength, they went to the source, the one who CALLED them by name! That they, that you, that I would know that HE (GOD), the Lord, who calls you (insert your name here) by your name, IS the God of Israel. All for the Glory of HIS Name!!!